Fall weather is here and brrr….it sure is chilly out there right now! Parts of Oregon have already seen snow and weather reports indicated that it was colder than usual. Many homeowners may have turned on their heaters! Chilly days and nights are going to be more frequent and now it’s time to schedule your heating maintenance appointment. Here’s why you should get your appointment on the books right away.

#1: Convenience.
When the weather gets cold, icy, and rainy, people are relying on their heaters all day and all night. The winter weather brings many heater emergencies for heating and cooling specialists in our area, simply because things break down! Fall is one of our least congested times, so we can get your maintenance appointment scheduled quickly.

#2: Reliability.
When you go to turn on your heater, you want it to work reliably and efficiently – every time. Having your furnace system maintained before cold weather hits means that you will have a more reliable machine that is less prone to breakdowns. Our maintenance technicians will run an energy efficiency check, make sure no repairs or adjustments are needed, and make sure the filters are changed or cleaned.  No one wants to be left out in the cold with no heat when you need it most! So, let us give you the confidence you need to keep your system reliable all season long.

#3: Energy savings.
Did you know a system that is not properly maintained may be using more energy than is necessary? A well-maintained furnace will run efficiently and use less energy, which will save you money in the long run. Not to mention, it’s great for the environment!

If you aren’t sure the last time you had your system professionally tuned-up, contact our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning now. We will get you an appointment as soon as possible so you know your heater is ready to keep you warm all fall and winter long!

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Winter is here & that means winter storms, rain, and freezing weather will be common. Is your home ready to handle the next few months of below freezing temperatures? Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home winterized and ready.

Get your furnace maintenance appointment on the books.
Winter is the perfect time to get your annual preventative maintenance appointment set up. Winter temperatures mean that you will be relying on your heating system to do a lot of work for you to keep you warm, so it’s critical to make sure it’s tuned up every year. Just like you would take care of your car’s oil change, so should you make sure your system is checked out on a regular basis. We will clean or change the air filters, run an efficiency check on the system, and make sure there are no parts that need to be adjusted, repaired or replaced.

Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are one of the most convenient ways to help keep you and your family comfortable this winter. They allow you to program the thermostat to be exactly what you want, when you want it, and that also means you get to save money throughout the year! Program the system to turn down when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping at night, then set it to turn up when you return home so it’s warm enough. Programmable thermostats work with most heating and cooling systems and are affordable. Call us today for information on which thermostat would be a good option for you.

Seal leaky windows and doors.
If your windows and doors are old or are leaking cold air in and warm air outside, your heating system will have to work extra hard. Not to mention, it will waste precious energy and cause your utility bills to rise. Be sure to seal your windows and doors around the edges and perimeters, and if the doors and windows are so old that even sealing won’t help, it may be time to replace them altogether for new energy efficient materials. New Energy Star rated doors and windows can work in tandem with your heating system to keep you comfortable and they can be a great home investment.

You don’t need to be cold this winter! In fact, you can stay warm all season long by following these tips. Call us to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment or talk to us about getting a new system installed this winter. And if you experience an unexpected breakdown and need a repair, our service team is there ready to help get things up and running again quickly. Our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning is standing by, so call us today.

 

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Paying for a new heating system can be expensive for the average homeowner, and no matter how great of an investment it is, coming up with a way to pay for it can be stressful. But with our convenient financing options, you won’t need to worry about how you will pay for this new system for your home. Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning understands the importance of having a reliable heating system for your home, so we are committed to making it as easy as possible for homeowners to get one installed and running as soon as possible.

We provide several financing options to help our valued customers pay for their new system. These include Red Brick, Wells Fargo, and the Savings Within Reach for PGE customers. Our variety of plans range in rates and terms of use, in addition to how long the loans are. Based on approved credit, our range of financing options can help get you on the path toward system replacement in no time at all. Not sure which financing option will work with your specific situation? Our team will sit down with you and explain the options, so you know all the details you need to make a decision.

What are the advantages of a new heating and cooling system?
A new system offers significant benefits for homeowners, including bigger energy efficiency, a reduction in utility bills, and greater reliability, no matter what season it is. New systems that are Energy Star certified are made to save the Earth’s energy, which means you’re not only doing your part to help the environment, but you will also notice that your utility bill will be shrinking. And did we mention that a new system will be reliable, so you can turn it on knowing it will do its job correctly for years to come. No need to worry about unexpected breakdowns or costly repairs! That peace of mind is beneficial!

Whether it’s a high efficiency gas furnace, a new ductless heat pump, or an air conditioning system that you’re planning ahead for this summer, your system is a great purchase that will provide comfort for the next 10 to 15 years. Our experienced heating and cooling technicians at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning have the hands-on expertise that you can trust, so your system can be installed with efficiency and attention to detail.

Contact us today for details on financing, in addition to what system will work best for your home’s specific layout. We are glad to help find you an option that works best for you!

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The holiday season has officially begun and for many people that means looking for ways to cut costs and save money on day to day things, so they can splurge on gifts for friends and family.  Did you know that your heating system can save you money? A system that functions at peak efficiency will not only work better for a longer amount of time, but it will also help keep your utility bills lower. Here are some helpful ways to have a more efficient heating system this winter.

Tip #1: Set your thermostat.
If you are running your heating system while you’re away all day, you’re wasting money and energy. Install a programmable thermostat and program it to turn down when you’re gone and back up right before you return. These thermostats allow you to control the temperature to be exactly what you want. The result: a comfortable, evenly-heated home and a more affordable utility bill! We can provide options on programmable thermostats, so contact us today for information!

Tip #2: Clean and replace air filters regularly.
If you plan on using your heating system throughout the winter, it’s important to stay on top of air filter cleaning and replacement. Dirty filters will greatly reduce the overall efficiency of the heater’s blower motor and it makes your system work harder. This translates to a higher energy bill and it is hard on your system. Make sure to clean or replace your filters every other month.

Tip #3: Make sure your insulation is up to par and sealing is good.
Do you know if you have quality insulation in your home? If you don’t, you could be losing heat. In addition, if your windows and doors in your home are old or not sealed correctly, you could be unknowingly leaking in cold air and warm air out. This causes your furnace system to work harder than necessary and you’ll see rising utility bills.

Winter is a cold time of year and in order to stay warm, it’s critical to keep your heating system running at its peak efficiency. Not only will you be more comfortable, but your wallet will be more comfortable, too! If your heating system is not ready to tackle the upcoming winter weather, call our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you with a preventative maintenance tune-up or can get you set up with a full system replacement as well!

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Winter in the Pacific Northwest has been mild compared to other winters in the years past, but it’s still never fun to have cold air coming in from the outside and messing with the warm temperature inside. If you’re wondering how to keep the cold out and the warm in, here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Add more insulation.
Check for obviothat are lacking quality insulation. Your first place to check should be your attic. Make sure to seal your attic well creating pouches of fiberglass insulation to keep any caps or cavities sealed. Next, check your crawlspace or basement and make sure that the insulation there is thick and protective enough.us gaps and cracks in your insulation and make sure you don’t have big areas in your attic or basement

Tip #2: Look for air leaks.
Basement walls and ceilings are common places where air leaks occur. In addition, the ductwork in your home can also have cracks or spots where air leaks out and that can cause a significant amount of energy to be lost each day and will translate to hundreds, even thousands of dollars of wasted money.

Tip #3: Upgrade your windows and doors.
Old windows and doors are notorious for their inefficiency. In fact, if they’re very old, you can usually stand by them and feel the cold air coming through. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s windows and doors to new, energy efficient ones. This is not only a great investment because of the money you’ll save in not wasting energy, but it will also provide a nice sound barrier and will add value to your home when it comes time to resell it.

Tip #4: Check your furnace system.
Maybe your issue isn’t as much leaking windows, doors, or poor insulation, but it’s a furnace system that is old and inefficient. Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months. In fact, these systems may be costing you more money on your utility bill and it may not be reliable, meaning it could break down at any moment.

Avoid having unnecessary breakdowns by scheduling routine maintenance appointments with our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will check to make sure your system is working well and if there are repairs that need to be made to keep it running well, we will do that. If your system is old and needs to be replaced, we will recommend a system that fits your budget and your home’s specific layout and space needs.  Contact us today for more details!

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Brrrr! Winter is here and that means the weather is very cold! Your furnace is being put to the test for the next couple of months and keeping it running efficiently throughout the cold days is important. If you’ve noticed that your heater is not keeping your home warm enough, it may be a sign that it needs some attention. You should have your furnace tuned up once yearly, but what if you need a tune-up now? A professional look may be required. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

Sign #1: Your heater is unreliable.
This seems obvious, but if you turn on your heater and it simply won’t turn on sometimes or it stops in the middle of the runtime, you should get it looked at right away. Ignoring this could cause the system to totally break down and that could mean a costly replacement or an even more expensive repair. Winter weather means you need a heater that is reliable. Call us today to schedule a tune-up or repair. We’ll determine what the cause is and get things up and running as soon as possible.

Sign #2: Your utility bills are rising quickly.
It is normal to see an increase in the price of your utility bills during the winter, simply because your furnace is usually running for longer and you’re using more electricity and gas. However, if you see a huge spike that seems uncharacteristic of increases in years past and there is no utility rate increase, you should get your furnace looked at immediately. This could indicate that something is not functioning properly, and the furnace is not operating as efficiently as it’s supposed to.

Sign #3: Noises.
A furnace that works well should be quiet. If it’s making loud clanging or banging sounds, clicks, or other sounds that sound unnatural when it’s turned on and running, call us to come out and look. There could be a broken blower or another part that needs some adjustment or replacement.

When you’re making your goals and to-do lists for 2018, don’t forget to add regular furnace tune-ups to it! A well-maintained furnace will serve your home for many years to come and keep you and your family comfortable throughout the cold winter.

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If you don’t take care of your HVAC system over the long haul, they won’t last as long as it normally could or they could break down and need to be repaired multiple times. To ensure that your system operates at its peak all year long, it’s crucial to perform routine preventative maintenance on it. In addition to checking it yourself, having qualified technicians at Hybrid Heating & Cooling check it as well will help prevent future problems.

Benefit #1: Energy savings.
Over time, your heating and cooling system can become inefficient, especially if you do not have preventative maintenance appointments scheduled regularly. When one of our technicians inspects your unit, they’ll be sure that it’s all running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If it isn’t, we’ll provide recommendations on how this can be fixed. Once it’s back up and running efficiently, you’ll reduce the amount of energy that’s being used and you’ll likely see a decrease in your utility bill.

Benefit #2: Avoid unnecessary repairs.
If you have your unit serviced on a regular basis, you’ll reduce your chances of having a system malfunction or total breakdown. Preventative maintenance helps stop problems before they start, so that means you won’t have to worry about paying for an expensive repair out of the blue, or frantically call us at the last minute when your unit is broken.

Benefit #3: Extension of the life of the unit.
Your heating system is a big investment for your home and you want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. Preventative maintenance is key to making it last longer. Just like you need to have regular oil changes and tune-ups for your vehicle to keep it running well, preventative maintenance will do the same in extending the overall lifespan of the system so you can stay comfortable for years to come.

Whether you live in a newly built home or an old home, our service technicians are experienced in servicing a variety of brands and styles of HVAC systems, ductless heat pumps, and more.  Contact us today to get a preventative maintenance appointment scheduled!

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Gas furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems found in homes around the Pacific Northwest. These furnaces keep individuals and families warm throughout the winter and are very energy efficient. As with any large appliance or heating unit, there are some important safety precautions you should take while using your gas furnace.

Tip #1: Make sure the vent pipes are free and clear with nothing touching them. We have seen bags, gloves, boxes, and many other things stacked on and near the vent pipes. This is a fire hazard! These pipes get hot and could potentially cause a fire when items are touching them.

Tip #2: Double check your carbon monoxide detector. Make sure the unit is still working and has not expired. These have a shelf life anywhere from two to seven years. If it has expired and is still working, replace immediately. Read the instructions carefully on the new one as many detectors have specific areas and heights they can be installed.

Tip #3: Always check your air filter and make sure it is clean. This not only keeps your unit up and running efficiently, but it will also allow for cleaner air to enter into your home.

Tip #4: Make sure that the front of the furnace has a 30-inch clearance in front of it, for service access and safety.

Tip #5:  Be sure that all supply and return air vents are free and clear and that the vents are open and not obstructed.

If you’re having difficulty getting your gas furnace to work with maximum efficiency, contact Hybrid today! Our team of professionals will have your furnace working well and your home will be warm in no time.

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Brrr! The days and nights are getting colder and colder. Soon, the winter weather will be here and your heating system will be put to the test. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the coldest time of year. And remember to schedule your annual heating tune up with our professional team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning!

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Have you had your furnace repaired several times? Are you tired of throwing money into repairs every year? When the cold weather hits, you need to have an HVAC system that is reliable and ready to keep you comfortable during every cold day. So, if you have repaired the unit over and over again, it may be time to think about replacing it this year. Buying a new furnace is a big investment for your home and you should weigh the decision carefully. Here are some helpful tips that will help you know if your system needs replacing.

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